Spanner's IRC Guide
Guide for Caelestia.net's IRC Network
(Most of these commands work with IRC networks running Anope for Services;
however some are meant for use on Caelestia IRC & Tel'Laerad IRC networks only.)
First things first. IRC is Internet Relay Chat. It's a chat medium that has been
around since approximately 1988. Users connect to a server on a
network and join rooms called channels. Some IRC clients are
web-based. Some are downloadable programs. Examples include Mibbit (for web based) and mIRC (for downloadable use on Windows). The
network AE calls home is Caelestia IRC Network.
Table of Contents:
to Connect to Caelestia IRC Network
2) How to find Index of
Channels / How to Join Channels
3) How to Register Your
3a) Part One: Nick Reg Command
3b) Part Two:
Confirming Nick Reg
4) Tips for Successful Nick
Registerations: What's Allowed and What Isn't
5) How to Test
If Your Nick is Registered/Identified With Services
6) How to
Sign Into Your IRC Account
7) How to Have Multiple Nicknames
Under the Same Account
8) What to do if Your Nickname is in
Use: Ghost, Ping, Staff Assisted
9) Setting Privacy/Optional
Options: How to Use the 'Set' Command (Greet, Change Nickserv
10) Four Simple but Important Commands for Use
in Managing Your Account
11) How to Ungroup a Grouped Nickname
/ Cancel an IRC Account Completely
12) Contacting Users on IRC
Privately / How to Send a Memo to an Offline User
13a) Renaming Bot
13c) Setting ChanOp/Voices
Commands For Chanops: (Requires %,@,&,~) (Kick, Ban, etc)
1) How to Connect to Caelestia IRC
To connect to Caelestia: Find an IRC client and use /server irc.caelestia.net.
connect you to one of the four servers that currently make up the
Caelestia IRC network.
- Darkstar.caelestia.net OR 18.104.22.168 (Use those numbers in
place of darkstar.caelestia.net)
- Worldpool.caelestia.net OR 22.214.171.124 (Use those numbers in
place of worldpool.caelestia.net)
- TirNaNog.caelestia.net OR 126.96.36.199 (Use those numbers in
place of TirNaNog.caelestia.net)
irc.caelestia.net one gives errors, users can try one of the servers
directly by using /server
darkstar.caelestia.net or simply replace
"darkstar.caelestia.net" with one of the other three from the above
list. (Can also use the numbers listed in place of the respective
server.) Sometimes users may need to check their firewall to see if
it is blocking port 6667, which is the default for IRC. Other ports
to try, should port 6667 be unavailable: 6660-6669, 8067, and for
How to find Index of Channels / How to Join Channels
Once connected, users can type /list to see an Index of channels they may
join. Simply type /join followed by the room name from the list.
- /join #help for help with
Caelestia IRC (IRC version of this subforum)
- /join #battleon to chat
about *all* of AE's games
- /join #yulgarsinn for off
topic chat regarding the Artix Entertainment community.
- /join #aq-gaming for RPing,
trivia, random fish slapping within the Artix Entertainment
A list of official channels can
be found here.
*Note: Some rooms, like #battleon and #yulgarsinn, require a
user to register their nickname before they may join.
rooms, like #adventurequest, #aqworlds, #aqworld, are *not* real
channels and people are unable to join them. This makes them the
equivalent of a locked thread on forums as since no one can join
them, no one can post there. This is because the only official
channels for Artix Entertainment discussion are #battleon,
#yulgarsinn, and #aq-gaming."
NickServ....NickServ is a
Service on Caelestia's IRC that allows users to create an account on
IRC and manage their nickname. This section tells how to register a
nickname and use the more common nickname management
How to register your nickname on Caelestia IRC: Two Part
3a) Step 1: Register Nickname
register password email
Replace "password" with
password of your choice & "email" with your email address. Yes,
email address is required. Valid email is recommended to receive the
passcode needed to confirm registration.
Example: /msg nickserv register apple firstname.lastname@example.org
NickServ passwords are *case* sensitive!! This
means if user typed password "apple" as "aPPle", they *must* type it
as "aPPle" when signing in after account creation.
3b) Step 2: Confirming Nickname Registration
Like many sites these days, Caelestia IRC requires
email verification to confirm accounts created. Use the Auth Code
found in the email sent via Services that was requested in Step 1 in
the following manner:
Replace "passcode" with the
auth/passcode from your email. Example of email to expect: [From: email@example.com
/ Subject: Nickname Registration (YourNicknameHere) ]
Tips for Successful nick registration:
Kindly check spam/bulk folders
Known account domains that may not work: aol.com, aim.com
Please note that sometimes email containing your auth code may
take a bit to arrive.
To check for nickname availability: /msg
nickserv DesiredNicknameHere info
Spaces are NOT allowed in IRC nicknames. However, users may use
the [dash] and [underscore].
Nicknames may *not* begin with a number on IRC. Also some
symbols aren't allowed in nicknames. If a nickname that contains
"illegal" characters is attempted, an error message of "Erroneous
Nickname" will result in the user's status/server window.
Example: When attempting to use /nick 4, "4 Erroneous Nickname"
was error message
How to Test For Successful Nick Registration:
Users may check to see if registration was successful by
using any one of the following:
A) /msg nickserv NicknameHere info or B)
/whois NicknameHere or C) /msg nickserv status NicknameHere
Command A will either return registration information or
nicknamehere is not registered
Command B will either show Nicknamehere is a Registered Nickname
or it will not
Command C will either return a number value of 3 for
registered/identified or 0 for not registered
For Nicks that
are already Registered:
Command A will return registration information
Command B will show "NicknameHere is a Registered Nick" (IF it
has been identified with Services) OR it will not (IF it has NOT
been identified with Services)
Command C will return a number value of 3 for
registered/identified nicks or 1 for registered, but not identified
How to Sign Into Your IRC Account
decide to return to Caelestia IRC after a disconnection, they may
use /msg nickserv identify
password to sign into their IRC account.
*Note: NickServ passwords are
*case* sensitive!! This means if user typed password "apple" as
"aPPle", they *must* type it as "aPPle" when signing in after
*Note: Users may need to renick before they can sign in. To
do this, simply type /nick RegisteredNickHere and replace
RegisteredNickHere with the nickname used when
*Note: There may be times when users are UNable to sign into
their IRC account. Usually, the message "Nickserv: no such
nick/channel" shows in Status/connection window/tab and BotServ bots
(like Aria in #battleon) will NOT be in channels like normal. This
means that Services are down!! Users may /join #help and ask about
it, may wait patiently for them to return, or may ask a Staff member
they know with whom they share a channel. Staff members try to bring
back Services as they can. However, this may take some time at
How to Have Multiple Nicknames Under the Same Account:
Users who have a registered nick but wish to register
another may use /nick NewNick
*then* /msg nickserv group OriginalNickname
Example: B is registered nickname and wish to also use
C. User B would type: /nick C then /msg nickserv group B
*Note: NickServ allows 10 nicks per group. Grouped nicks use
same password for sign in and same email for password retrieval.
Grouped nicks also grant same channel access to all nicks in that
group. Example: If User B has grouped nick C to B and receives +h
upon join of #chan from ChanServ or the BotServ bot, then they would
also receive +h from ChanServ or the BotServ bot when joining #chan
as nick C.
What To Do If Nickname Is In Use:
Use of Ghost Command:
Upon connection, if user's
registered nickname is in use, they may use /msg nickserv ghost NickInUse
NickInUse'sPassword *then* can use that nickname again.
Usually, this is when a user has
disconnected before the server realizes the user has disconnected
and is known as ghost. Ghosts on IRC is leftover data from the
previous connection. Users may also wait til the server realizes the
connection has died and the nick is no longer needed, which results
in the message "Ping timeout" or "ping time out: 121 seconds".
Basically, waiting 121 seconds will free up your nickname
Requesting a Kill from a Staff Member (Oper/IRCop/Netop)
Users may also request a /kill on the in use nick from
This can be done one of three ways:
/join #help and request there
Contacting an IRCop/Oper in channel you share with them directly
By /query Opername
When users request a /kill from an
Oper/IRCop, they should specify the nickname they wish to be killed.
*Note: It is sometimes helpful to
"highlight" an active Staff member by using their nickname in the
Example: <UserB> *OperNameHere*,
please kill UserA.
are times when Services are down and the Ghost command is
UNavailable. However, users may still wait for their nickname to
ping timeout or may request a kill from a Staff member.
Setting Privacy/Optional Options: How to Use the 'Set' Command
Changing Password: /msg nickserv set
Use to change your IRC
account password. Simply replace 'NewPasswordHere' with your new
Greet: /msg nickserv set greet
This is where user joins a channel and
the botserv bot seems to speak, showing the text user chose. This
usually happens user has appropiate access in a channel.
Four Simple but Important Commands for Use in Managing Your
To Refresh Your Account: /msg nickserv
To List Nicknames in your group: /msg
To List Channels for which you have special privileges: /msg nickserv alist
To See Your Account Information: /msg
nickserv info NicknameHere (For full profile, use /msg nickserv info NicknameHere all
This shows date registered, date last used that particular
nickname, greet (if one is set), email address, nickname options
that are set, last seen host/vhost, and last seen quit message.
How to Ungroup a Grouped Nickname / Cancel an IRC Account
Users may cancel registration for a specific nick by using /nick NickToDrop then /msg
Users may also allow a nickname in their nick group to expire by
not using /nick Nickname then
/msg nickserv identify password on a
specific Nickname in 21 days.
Example: UserA last used
nickname today and wishes to use UserB from now on. If UserB does
not use the UserA nickname in the next 21 days as described in part
6), it will drop automatically.
*Note: Ungrouping a nickname from your nick group does NOT
cause loss of special privileges or memos as long as at least one
nick from your group remains registered. It may however, affect your
HostServ vhost as these are often nickname specific.
How to Cancel an IRC Account Completely
[**] Users may cancel their IRC account *completely* for a
nick by using /nick NickToDrop then /msg NickServ drop for each nick in their nick
[**]Users may also allow all nicknames in their
nick group to expire by not using /nick
Nickname then /msg nickserv identify
password on any Nickname in their group in 21 days.
*Note: When using the "Cancel IRC
Account Completely" information, ALL account information for you
will be lost. This includes all special channel privileges, memos,
vhosts and other items in Services relating to your IRC account.
Users will need to register their nickname again to join channels
that require it.
Private Chat with Another IRC User:
PMing Users on IRC
To converse privately with another
user, users may PM other users. On IRC, PM is also known as Query.
Use /query nickname or /msg nickname
To Contact a Registered IRC user who is Offline:
Registered users may leave an offline message for another
registered user by using the network's Message system known as
MemoServ. These offline messages may then be read by the intended
user when they sign into their IRC account. This is like IRC version
of AE forums' PM system.
memoserv send nickname message
If wish to receive notice
the user read the memo:
memoserv rsend nickname message
How to Create and Register a Channel:
Step 2: /msg chanserv register
#ChannelNameOfYourChoiceHere password description
Everything in Step 2 above is *required* to register a
channel. Replace everything *after* register with your own
Note: Channal password is meant to show proof
you own the channel. It also gives ability for co-founder. It is not
needed to join a channel.
13a) Renaming Bot
When register a channel on Caelestia, a bot will
join the channel. By default, the bot's name is [DefaultMan].
However, users may "change" the name of the bot by assigning a
different one to their channel.
Use /msg botserv botlist to see the list of bots available.
Use /msg botserv assign #ChannelNameOfYourChoiceHere BotNameHere
to assign a different to channel
13b) How to
Change or Add a topic:
#ChannelNameOfYourChoiceHere text or /msg
chanserv topic #ChannelNameOfYourChoiceHere text to
edit/change the topic. Topic is the text a user sees when they join
a channel such as #help.
13c) How to Add Voices
and Chanops: XOP and Access Systems
Adding under XOP System:
Use /msg chanserv [vop/hop/aop/sop]
#ChannelNameOfYourChoiceHere add NicknameHere
one of the levels in [ ]....vop is voice/+, hop is halfop/%, aop is
op/@, and sop is admin/&.
Example: /msg chanserv sop #ChannelNameOfYourChoiceHere add
NicknameHere would add the user as channel admin. Symbol is
&, though some clients may show it as a red colored blob.
Regardless of symbol or color, the channel bot always has channel
To switch from XOP to Access system:
Turn off XOP to use Access system:
Use /msg chanserv set #ChannelNameOfYourChoiceHere xop off
Adding under Access System:
Use /msg chanserv access #ChannelNameOfYourChoiceHere add
Replace # with 3 for voice/+, 4 for
halfop/%, 5-9 for op/@, and 10-9999 for admin/&.
Channel registration can only be done while in a registered nickname
that has been identified with Services.
Common Commands For Chanops: (Requires %,@,&,~/Modes
What are the commands for a person
with a % in front of their name? [% is usually halfop. (defaults:
xop system = hop / access list system = 4 / Services sets mode +h in
the channel on join (or on sign in)]
#channel nick reason
Ban: 10 diff ban types (choose one)
/mode #channel +b *!user@host
/mode #channel +b
/mode #channel +b *!*@host
/mode #channel +b
/mode #channel +b *!*@*.host
/mode #channel +b nick!*user@host
#channel +b nick!*@host
/mode #channel +b nick!*user@*.host
/mode #channel +b nick!*@*.host
#channel -b *!user@host
/mode #channel -b *!*user@host
#channel -b *!*@host
/mode #channel -b *!*user@*.host
#channel -b *!*@*.host
/mode #channel -b nick!user@host
/mode #channel -b nick!*user@host
/mode #channel -b
/mode #channel -b nick!*user@*.host
#channel -b nick!*@*.host
#channel +v Nick
Take away voice:
/mode #channel -v
/topic #channelname TopicTextHere
For Caelestia, can also use:
NPC - To use: /npc
#channel NPCNAME text (Example: /npc #channel Bob Hello ==
<Bob> Hello )
NPCA - To use: /npca #channel NPCANAME text
(Example: /npca #channel Bob waves == * Bob waves )
- To use: /ambiance #channel : text (Example: /ambiance #channel :
Raindrops fall = <>Ambiance<> Raindrops fall)
(Still to come: Commands for +o (and higher), for +ao (and
higher), and for +qo only)
~Still a work in progress~